Daily Bible Reading “Happy Mother’s Day” (Proverbs 31:10, 28)

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Today’s Daily Bible Reading is Proverbs 31:10, “Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. Proverbs 31:28 says, “Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.” I thought these verses were appropriate for Mother’s Day since it is a day to show honor and appreciation to our mothers for who they are and all they have done for us.

One of the greatest gifts that God gave us, besides the gift of salvation through His Son, is the gift of life and love through our mothers.

Mother’s Day is supposed to be a day of celebration, but for many people, it is a day of remembrance, a day of sadness. As you celebrate Mother’s Day with your family be sensitive to those whose mothers are no longer with them.

Mother’s Day may also be a time of grief for those who have lost children or those who want to have children but haven’t been blessed in that way.

There may be those who are estranged from their children or mothers for one reason or another and so Mother’s Day is sad for them.

Celebrate your mother and enjoy your family, but understand that days like Mother’s Day are hard for some people. Be gentle with them.

My emotions run from one extreme to the other on Mother’s Day and the days surrounding Mother’s Day. Missing my Mama, mother-in-law, and grandmothers are really hard for me since they have all passed away already.

Then there are the feelings of being really blessed to be married to the man God blessed me with as my husband, who loves me unconditionally. We are blessed to have two beautiful daughters, whom we love dearly. We wondered if we would ever have children. For many years Mother’s Day was hard for me because I wanted children so badly, but had not been blessed with them yet. We were married eight years and had two miscarriages before we finally had our girls.

We are also blessed to have five precious grandchildren who are all special in their own way.

If you were not blessed to be raised in a Christian home with a mother who loved you unconditionally, you can know this kind of love through the unconditional, sacrificial love of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

All things considered, Mother’s Day is a good day to celebrate through all the laughter and tears. I am thankful for all the people God placed in my life to mold me and make me into the person I am today. I hope it’s a good day for you and your family. I wish you all a Happy Mother’s Day. I love you. May God bless you!

 

Things to think about:

  • What is your best childhood memory of your mother?
  • What is one word that you would use to describe your mother?
  • What is the most important thing that your mother taught you?
  • What are you most grateful for concerning your mother?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for this day to honor the mothers in our lives. Help us to show our love and gratitude for our mothers. Comfort those who have lost their mothers with sweet memories today. We also ask that you comfort those who wish to be mothers, but haven’t been blessed with children yet. Thank you for the gift of children and grandchildren. Thank you for our mothers. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

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Daily Bible Reading “They That Sow in Tears Shall Reap in Joy” (Psalm 126:1-6)

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Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 126:1-6. Psalm 126 is another of the songs of degrees. This Psalm is about when the children of Israel were released from captivity and were able to go back to Jerusalem. The Jewish people had been in captivity for seventy years. Some of them had never been to Jerusalem. They had only heard stories about it from their parents and grandparents. All the younger generations knew was the captivity that they were born into. For them, they were leaving everything that was familiar to them to go to Jerusalem. For the older people, they were returning to their homeland. Can you imagine all the emotions the people must have felt as they traveled to Jerusalem?

All the younger generations knew was the captivity that they were born into. For them, they were leaving everything that was familiar to them to go to Jerusalem.

For the older people, they were returning to their homeland. Can you imagine all the emotions the people must have felt as they traveled to Jerusalem?

The Psalmist tells us they were filled with laughter and were singing praises to the LORD. They were glad to be released from captivity. No doubt they had spent many days of sorrow while being captives, but now that they were free, they were able to rejoice

No doubt they had spent many days of sorrow while being captives, but now that they were free, they were able to rejoice because of the goodness of God. God spared their lives at the hand of the enemy. Now He was bringing them home.

What a great promise in verse five, “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.” As Christians, we may go through times of sorrow, but we can be assured that God will see us through those times. We will be able to rejoice in Him again.

Psalm 30:5 tells us, “For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”

If you are going through a time of trouble in your life, hold on, morning is coming. You will find joy again. You will see God’s favor at work in your life. Keep the faith. Keep believing that God will see you through. We are promised in this Scripture that joy will come in the morning.

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Psalm 126:1-6

1 [[A Song of degrees.]] When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.
2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them.
3 The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.
4 Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south.
5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

 

Things to think about:

  • Have you ever lived far away from home?
  • Can you imagine what it would be like to be in captivity for seventy years?
  • Have you ever gone through a time of great sorrow in your life? If so, when?
  • How were you able to find joy again through the LORD after the time of trouble?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for this Scripture in Psalm 126 where the Psalmist reminds us that joy comes in the morning. Help us to hold on to that promise when we are going through troubled times. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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Psalm 119 has already been published in a book called: Psalm 119: Thy Word is a Lamp unto My Feet. The book of Psalms is one of Deborah’s favorite books of the Bible. It is a great book to read if you’re ever feeling down or need to renew your relationship with Christ. King David went through a lot of tough times in his lifetime, but he loved God and trusted God to protect him from his enemies.

The book of Psalms was written by various people. About half of it was attributed to King David, whether they were written by David or for David is questioned by some biblical scholars. Some of the Psalms were written by Asaph and some say they were written for the sons of Korah and even Moses and Solomon were writers of the Psalms. The Psalms consists of poetry that was primarily meant to be used as songs of praise to the Lord.

This part of the book of Psalms contains fifteen of the Songs of degrees. They were the songs or chants that the people of Israel sang as they journeyed to Jerusalem. It also contains some of the Psalms of David.

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Daily Bible Reading “Saul’s Destruction” (1 Samuel 31:1-6)

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Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 1 Samuel 31:1-6. The Philistines fought hard against Israel. The men of Israel tried to flee from them, but were slain at mount Gilboa. It was a day of great destruction for the people of Israel.

The Philistines chased Saul and his sons. They slew Saul’s sons, Jonathan, Abinadab, and Malchishua. They were hot on Saul’s trail as well. One of the archers hit Saul and wounded him, but he didn’t kill Saul.

Saul, not wanting to be killed at the hands of the Philistines, asked his armor-bearer to kill him with his sword. The armor-bearer couldn’t do as Saul requested.

Saul took his sword and fell on it. He took his life in his own hands. When the armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell on his sword as well.

It was a deadly day for Saul and his men. They lost Saul, his sons, his armor-bearer, and all his men.

This was a sad day for Israel. They suffered much loss. There must have been much grieving among those who were left.

We all suffer grief during our lives. What can we do in times of grief to comfort ourselves and one another? Who can we turn to when everything in life seems to be going wrong?

 

Daily Bible Reading:

1 Samuel 31:1-6

1 Now the Philistines fought against Israel: and the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines, and fell down slain in mount Gilboa.
2 And the Philistines followed hard upon Saul and upon his sons; and the Philistines slew Jonathan, and Abinadab, and Malchishua, Saul’s sons.
3 And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers hit him; and he was sore wounded of the archers.
4 Then said Saul unto his armourbearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and abuse me. But his armourbearer would not; for he was sore afraid. Therefore Saul took a sword, and fell upon it.
5 And when his armourbearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell likewise upon his sword, and died with him.
6 So Saul died, and his three sons, and his armourbearer, and all his men, that same day together.

 

Things to think about:

  • What happened to Saul’s sons?
  • Why did Saul take his life in his own hands?
  • What happened to the armor-bearer?
  • Where can we turn for comfort when life is tough?

 

Prayer of the Day:

As we read this Scripture in 1 Samuel, we see it was a sad day for Israel. They were defeated in battle. There was much grief for the people. Help us during our times of grief to turn to You for comfort and support. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

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